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The Troublesome Terrarium

By | Copyright Year:2016 | ISBN-13: 9780170365833

Michael is very excited to receive his new terrarium from the planet Zarp. But when he waters it, something unbelievable happens. How will Michael explain the curly green vine creeping out from under his bedroom door to his mother and his sister Lara?


Most students will reach PM Silver level at the end of their fourth year at school. The stories concern real-life problems, reflecting the relative maturity of these students.

Sentences with two or three clauses and several verbs become more common at this level. Visually confusing elisions such as we’re, are introduced and the length of the texts at this level extends to around 1000 words.

Silver level books encourage students to empathise with other people and societies. Reading about experiences such as overcoming oppression help children to grow and face the challenges in their own lives.

Upon completion of the Silver level, children have reached a reading age of nine years.